Film marketing & promotions, crowdfunding, and theatrical distribution are topics that, at some point in time, all independent doc filmmakers will need to know about.  So if you’re looking to start arming yourself with some…

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has been nurturing, guiding, and contributing to the projects and lives of documentary filmmakers since its inception in 1982.  In the organisation’s words “Documentary storytelling expands our understanding of shared human…

How to Make a Music Documentary The music documentary has a long history as well as a special place in my heart when it comes to documentary films.  A couple of my favourite docs of…

How to Write Your Documentary Grant Proposal For the documentary filmmaker, obtaining a grant to do one’s film can sometimes feel akin to the quest for the Holy Grail. And so sitting down to actually…

As 2017 draws to a close, it feels like a good time to look back in honour and reflection on the year that was here at TDL, and to then look forward to what will…

Whether by necessity or aesthetic choice, we doc filmmakers often shoot our projects with minimal crew and gear, sometimes even opting to go entirely solo.  There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to such an…

The Imposter Syndrome Do you consider yourself a documentary filmmaker or is that a term that you are hesitant to give yourself?  Is there something that is holding you back from your first documentary film?…

How to Become a Professional Grade Editor If editing were something we could learn from a manual or Youtube videos, we could all become great storytellers in fairly short order.  We could just sit down,…

The Leap of Faith Believing in yourself as a documentary filmmaker is critical to seeing one’s documentary project through.  With so many pitfalls and obstacles along the way, not to mention a multitude of different…

Shared Conversation with Doc Filmmaker, Gordon Quinn Gordon Quinn has been making documentary films for over 50+ years with his landmark company, Kartemquin Films. You may not know his name, but you’ve most likely seen…